White Names Army Veteran to Head New City of Houston Office of Veterans’ Affairs
Houston Mayor Bill White today announced the creation of the City of Houston Office of Veterans’ Affairs.
The mission of the office is to assist veterans of the United States Armed Forces through advocacy, referral and counseling, to ensure that neither they, nor their dependents, nor survivors are denied access to the entitlements promised to them by a grateful nation.
In June of 2007, Mayor Bill White called together leaders of all levels of government; federal, state and local, along with military, religious and service organizations in an effort to focus attention on the needs of men and women returning to the Houston area from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
The city recognizes efforts to assist veterans at the national, state and county level and now seeks to further support those missions. The City of Houston Office of Veterans’ Affairs can be reached at 713-437-6393. You can also find more information by clicking on to the city website at www.houstontx.gov/vetaffairs.
The Mayor has appointed Edwin A. “Buddy” Grantha as the Director of the Veterans’ Affairs Office. Grantham most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County and the Chairman of the Joint Hurricane Community Settlement Task Force.
“We must eliminate the red tape and lack of knowledge that creates huge gaps between available services and the men and women who sacrificed so much to earn that help. The person we have chosen to lead this office has personally pulled veterans from roadsides and from under bridges to provide to them the care they deserve,” said Mayor White.
“As a veteran and a native Houstonian, I am honored and humbled to have been given this opportunity by Mayor White to be a part of such a dynamic team dedicated to serving my fellow veterans and their families,” said Grantham. “Our Veterans have made many sacrifices in service to our nation and I look forward to the work ahead.”
As a career Army Combat Arms/Logistics Officer, Grantham has been involved at various levels of planning and executing operations and logistics functions for organizations around the world. He has commanded Army Cavalry and Armored units and served in several postings as the primary operations or logistics staff officer.
Grantham has a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Grantham has been very involved in mentoring and assisting in the development of young people.